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ERIC Number: ED561505
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 198
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3034-1125-0
What We Do: A Multiple Case Study from Mathematics Coaches' Perspectives
Kane, Barbara Ann
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Walden University
Teachers face new challenges when they teach a more rigorous mathematics curriculum than one to which they are accustomed. The rationale for this particular study originated from watching teachers struggle with understanding mathematical content and pedagogical practices. Mathematics coaches can address teachers' concerns through sustained, on-site professional development. The goal of this qualitative multiple case study was to explore, describe, and document in-school experiences and professional development activities that shaped mathematics coaches' perceptions of their roles and responsibilities. Contemporary literature by Knowles, Joyce and Showers, and Bandura formed the conceptual framework for this study. A purposeful sample included 7 mathematics coaches from Title I elementary schools throughout Tennessee. Data from in-depth individual interviews and coaches' reflection logs were interpreted using typological analysis. Results indicated school districts, school administrators, and coaches need a clear vision of what coaches' duties and responsibilities should be if coaches are expected to make a positive impact on mathematical learning. Coaches must be supported and given a chance to succeed. This study can help promote social change by identifying and culling strategies that assist classroom teachers, administrators, and others to help increase the mathematical proficiency of students. Further research is needed about effective ways of supporting coaches and clearly defining coaches' roles and responsibilities. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Tennessee